Apprentice fans have been given a sneak peek at the upcoming series – including their very first look at the new boardroom panel. A trailer has been released ahead of the 2015 show, which shows Lord Alan Sugar along with his two advisors – Karren Brady and newcomer Claude Littner, who has stepped in to replace Nick Hewer.
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The short clip – which is set to the Destiny's Child hit single Survivor, shows the unimpressed panel shaking their heads and looking distinctly unimpressed as 'candidates' – dressed in a variety of protective costumes – walk into the room.
The Apprentice panel: Baroness Karren Brady, Lord Alan Sugar and Claude Littner
"Call yourself candidates?" Lord Sugar can be heard saying. "Nothing in my boardroom is going to protect you." The trailer promises that the new series will be the "toughest yet".
Claude is no stranger to Apprentice viewers; he earned his tough reputation during previous series of the show, interviewing candidates on behalf of Lord Sugar. He has known Alan for more than 25 years now, having worked as a director of the Apprentice star's founding company Amstrad, and IT company Viglen. He was also Chief Executive of football club Tottenham Hotspurs from 1993 until 1998, when Lord Sugar was chairman.
A short trailer has been released ahead of the start of the new series
Claude isn't the only new addition to The Apprentice. In January, Dara O'Briain announced that he wouldn't be returning to host another series of the spin-off show The Apprentice: You're Fired, and has been replaced by fellow comedian Jack Dee.
The Apprentice will return for its 11th series later this year. So far no date has been announced, but it is expected to air in October. Asked recently by a fan on Twitter when the show would be back on screens, Lord Sugar simply replied: "Soon."